Owner of Metro Wines

March Wine Focus Group

 

 
News Release: Monday, February 25th
About: Asheville Wine focus Group @MetroWines 
 
Join us on Wednesday, March 13th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines for The Asheville Wine Focus Group hosted by Anne Kaufmann of Advintage Distributing of The Carolinas.
 
"This is your opportunity to not only play wine shop owner for the night but to help determine what should be on our shelves,"says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "The importers have also found the feedback very helpful in guiding their future choices as well."
 
Advintage Distributing of The Carolinas was chosen as one of Top 100 distribution companies by Wine Spectator.
 
The event is on the house. Your opinion is valued!
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
 
 
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Ciao Asheville Hosts "The Big Night" at Ambrozia

 

As of March 13th, event is over half sold. Call NOW!

New Release: Monday, February 18th, 2019
About: Chef Sam Etheridge Presents the "Big Night"
 
Please join MetroWines and Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution on Wednesday, April 17th starting 6pm as "Ciao Asheville" hosts "The Big Night" at Ambrozia. Chef Sam Etheridge prepares and presents the dinner from the movie "The Big Night" together with four paired Italian Wines.
 
Our special guest will be Deborah di Sabatino, food stylist for the movie, who will share stories of her adventure with us. (LA Times: http://articles.latimes.com/1996-10-11/entertainment/ca-52626_1_big-night) and (NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/1997/11/16/magazine/food-eye-candy.html)
 
The 1996 film was written by and starred Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub and Isabella Rossellini. The plot concerns two brothers, Primo and Secondo, who have come to America from Italy with hopes of owning a successful, authentic Italian restaurant in 1950s New Jersey. When their new restaurant is not immediately flooded with customers, the brothers realize they have a lot to learn about the business world. 
 
The culture clash ensues when their best customer is unable to appreciate Primo's exquisitely prepared risotto because there is no spaghetti and meatballs on the side! Primo cannot understand why the Americans would rather stereotypical Italian food in a stereotypical Italian restaurant rather than his culinary artwork in a beautiful setting.
 
The brothers agree to present a meal offered by their despised but successful rival. The "Big Night" dinner is built around "timballo," a complicated baked pasta dish. If it works, the brothers succeed.
This unique evening is $65 exclusive of tax and gratuity. MetroWines will be offering wines from the evening at event prices.
 
Please call Ambrozia at (828) 350-3033.
And please follow "Ciao Asheville" on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/CiaoAsheville/
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Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud at Ciao@MetroWinesAsheville.com

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Klinker Brick Tasting

 
News Release: Monday, February 18th, 2019
About: Klinker Brick Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Join us on Friday April 5th from 5 to 6:30pm @MetroWines to meet Renee Roscoe, Brand Manager for Klinker Brick, and taste their exceptional wines "on the house."
 
"In addition to the highly regarded and popular Klinker Brick Zinfandel, the white wines and Rose have also been very well received, says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "We are please to present the new vintages to our customers!"
 
More about Klinker Brick Winery:
The Felten Family own and manage fifteen individual vineyard blocks of “Old Vine” Zinfandel that range in age from 40 to 120 years old. Each vineyard is planted in sandy loam soils in the Mokelumne River Appellation of Lodi and the Clements Foothills.

In the nineties, the family began to market their zinfandel in the bulk wine market, selling to a number of prestigious, benchmark producers of Zinfandel in Napa and Sonoma Counties.

In 2000, Steve and Lori produced their first vintage of Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel. They continue to produce wine from all of the vineyard blocks, culling only the very best lots for bottling Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel and designated vineyard wines. They produced their first vintage of Farrah Syrah in 2001.

The Feltens and Klinker Brick have one goal…produce world-class wine.

About the name Klinker Brick....
We are often asked why we named our winery, Klinker Brick. Klinker Bricks are highly prized bricks that grace many of the historical buildings in Lodi, including our home. Chosen by Craftsmen architects in the 1920’s for their distinctive qualities, including unique shapes and dark, rich color, they are denser and heavier in weight than regular bricks. “Klinker” refers to the unusual sound that they make when banged together, because of their density. Rich, deep color, enormous density, unique and distinctive features are the same qualities found in our Old Vine Zinfandel and Farrah Syrah. And, we hope it is a name that you are not likely to forget!
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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February Focus Winner

 

 

Rarely has Group been so unified in their choice of of best quality for the price wine as was the case last night. Group was passionate! passionate I say! about Anne Pichon "Sauvage" Grenache Rhone Valley 2017.
 
This 100% Grenache Noir is made with biodynamic methods and aged in neutral oak. Small berries are matured and dried on the sunny
and windy days in Provence. Group found the wine to be both lively and versatile, full bodied with smooth tannins. A strong nose leads to a very berry palate with a touch of chocolate. Group thought this French Grenache was less "aggresive" than a Spanish Garnacha can be.
 
Group thought this would be a good wine to serve at a dinner or to bring as a gift. This wine would also be a good choice when you don't know what the host is serving as this Grenache could pair nicely with many dishes.
 
Bottom line: Group was passionate!
 
About Anne Pichon Winery
Marc Pichon purchased Domaine le Murmurium in the Cote de Ventoux village of Mormoiron in early 2008 and named his new wine label after his wife, Anne. Comprised of 13 hectares of old vineyards on prime terroir adjacent to Chateau Pesquie, Murmurium is derived from Latin, meaning "The Buzzing Song of Bees", an old estate name which is honored by the crest on the Anne Pichon labels. 
 

Over the past years Anne Pichon Wines acquired more old vineyards to bring the size of the domaine to 21 hectares. “The best vineyards in Ventoux are low-yielding and difficult to cultivate,” said Marc. “They’re the ones that people want to get rid of.” With organically farmed holdings that include 9ha Grenache, 5ha Syrah, 1ha Merlot, 0.8ha Carignan, 1.2ha Roussanne, 1.5ha Viognier, 0.7ha Grenache Blanc, 1.5ha Clairette and 0.3ha Bourboulenc, the micro-climate at Anne Pichon is dry, with cool, manually tilled soils that retain moisture when it rains. And because of the Mistral that sweeps up from the hills below, fruit is less susceptible to rot and disease, providing and ideal environment for organic viticulture.

Employing careful vineyard management, low yields and late harvesting, Pichon hand-harvests and destems all of the fruit. Reds are vinified in small 50 hL cement tanks or stainless steel, at low temperature to achieve a long maceration. For extraction Marc generally performed two gentle pump overs daily, with additional manual punch downs if necessary. The fermentations extend 3 to 4 weeks with a slow progressive increase in temperature to extract a very fine tannin structure. The malolactic fermentation and ageing take place partly in oak barrels but mostly in cements tanks. White wines are made from only a light pressing of first run juice and vinified in stainless steel tanks with strict temperature control to maintain a balance of ripe fruit and freshness.

 
 
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Spring Game and Women Winemakers at Market Place

 

News Release: Tuesday, February 12th, 2019
About: Spring Game Dinner with Wines from Women Winemakers at Market Place
 
Please join MetroWines and Mutual Distribution for an extraordinary Wine Pairing Dinner of Spring Game paired with Wines from Women Winemakers on Wednesday, March 13th starting 6:30 at Market Place in Asheville.
 
The evening begins with Champagne and hors-d'ouvre followed by a five course menu paired with four carefully curated wines from some of the best and most innovative women winemakers.
 
The evening is $100 exclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations, please call (828) 252-4162 or contact@marketplace-restaurant.com
 
Market Place is located in Downtown Asheville at 20 Wall Street.  Concerned about parking? Park @MetroWines and take a car service there and back!
 

About Market Place
 
* Chef William Dissen:


As Executive Chef & Owner, William has been named as one of America’s “Most Sustainable Chefs” where he strives to create “innovative farm-to-table cuisine” utilizing ingredients and artisan products from within 100 miles of the restaurant.

Spending time on his Grandparents’ farm – watching his Grandmother cook bountiful meals straight from the garden to the kitchen table – has been a major influence on his style of cooking, as well as his beliefs in sustainable agriculture & local cuisine.

After graduating from West Virginia University, studying English & French, Chef Dissen had grandeur aspirations to work in the culinary arts. Studies of French language & culture led him towards The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. While honing in his skills under our country’s predominant chef instructors, Chef Dissen graduated with honors & was ready to begin his career as an aspiring chef.

From The Culinary Institute of America he left for the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia to work under Certified Master Chef Peter Timmins & his renowned culinary apprenticeship program.

Moving on to the lowcountry of Charleston, South Carolina, Chef Dissen was introduced to another native West Virginian – Donald Barickman – owner & chef of Magnolia’s Restaurant. It was here in Charleston, SC that William worked in his fine dining establishment, Cypress, under James Beard nominated Chef Craig Deihl, to truly hone his culinary skills.

After sharpening his skills under Chefs Barickman & Deihl, William moved to Columbia, South Carolina to continue his education by attaining a Master’s Degree of Hospitality, Restaurant & Tourism Management at the University of South Carolina. It was at this time that Chef Dissen began his dream of opening his own restaurant, & the mountains & fields of Appalachia began to call him home. Here in Asheville, Chef Dissen found the renowned Market Place Restaurant on historic Wall Street to call home.

* The Restaurant:

We believe in the importance of working locally, not just using ingredients from our surrounding area, but also in our contribution to the community. The success of our restaurant has always been closely entwined with the health and progress of our community. For 35 years we have supported the arts, local-needs and education programs.

Our clients have returned over the decades, we hope in part because we have always tried to treat them as family… and friends. Some might say, our food tastes good, perhaps even memorable. Each day, we do our utmost to prepare and present fresh food in a creative manner with a craftsman’s hand. Working in the most sustainable way possible is important.

The Market Place has been a fixture in downtown Asheville since 1979. Though it’s beginnings rose in the streams and mountains of western North Carolina – a place of mountain trout and small farms – it also has a hand and heart inspired by traditions far from our borders. This mélange of local food prepared with other worldly traditions of the table may have helped the Market Place garner national attention but the keen reverence for the heritage and roots of Appalachia has always remained at the center of what we do.

The words “local” & “organic”, seen only in grassroots grocery stores, and markets, 20 years ago, are now common at our local tailgates and farmer’s markets, thanks to the demand we’ve created. This transition to locally grown foods has helped to provide support to local farmers, enhance our regional economy, and rekindle our love affair with great food.

Owner & chef, William Dissen, spent his early days exploring the gardens & barns of his grand parents farm. It was there that he realized the necessity of locally grown food. The fields and farm animals of Appalachia educated him, as a chef and a locavore, to truly appreciate the meaning of “sustainability”.

These basic needs represent the honor of what we strive for in our daily cooking here at The Market Place.

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Contact for Market Place: Justin Stoffregen
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
 
The Wines and The Winemakers:
 
Casino Mine Grenache Blanc-Jessica Tarpy Shaheen
 
Kelley Fox Ahurani Pinot Noir- Kelley Fox
 
Casa Gran del Siurana Priorat Cruor- Anna Gallisa
 
Susana Balbo Signature Brioso - Susana Balbo
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The Menu:

Game Dinner 03.13.19 “Women in Wine”

1st Course

Pheasant Galantine, cherry mostarda, frisee & hazelnut salad,lemon vinaigrette

Casino Mine, Grenache Blanc, Amador County, 2016

2nd Course

Elk Tartare, quail egg, pickled ramps, radish greens, potato chips

Kelley Fox, Ahurani Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2017

3rd Course

Venison Sugo Cannelloni, spruce roasted carrot

Casa Gran del Siurana, Priorat Cruor, Spain, 2013

4th Course

Wild Boar Pie, salt water crust, apricot demi

Susana Balbo Brioso, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Argentina, 2016

5th Course

Vanilla Gelatto, foraged white pine mugolio, shortbread cookie 

 
Press Release from Market Place:
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: William Dissen
william@marketplace-restaurant.com
 828-772-1036
The Market Place Restaurant

The Market Place Restaurant to Host Wild Game Dinner

The Market Place Restaurant will team up with Metro Wine to host a spring Wild Game Dinner Featuring All Female Wine Producers

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2019) - - - Chef/owner William Dissen of The Market Place Restaurant has teamed up with John Kerr and Gina Trippi of Metro Wines to produce an exquisite menu featuring Wild Game paired with wines from an all-female line of wine producers. 

The menu will feature items like pheasant galantine, elk tartare, venison sugo, and wild boar pie.  The wine pairings are featured with females vintners from around the world with producers like Kelly Fox, Susan Balbo Brioso, and more.

The event details:

Wednesday March 13, 2019

The Market Place Restaurant

6:30PM – Champagne & Hors D’oeuvres Reception

7PM – 5 Course Dinner paired with wines

Price - $100/person exclusive of tax & gratuity

For Reservations please call The Market Place Restaurant at:  828-252-4162

Commenting on the upcoming dinner, Dissen stated, "With Spring right around the corner we are excited to get back to all of the amazing seasonal produce we are known for here in Asheville.  Living in the Appalachian Mountains we are surrounded by wild foods – both plant and animal – and we have an abundance of both in the region.  This dinner will be a nod to our exciting biodiversity and flavor of the land around us."

About The Market Place Restaurant:

The Market Place Restaurant is located at 20 Wall Street in Asheville, N.C. in the city’s center.  Celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2019, The Market Place Restaurant has been serving inspired farm to table fare focusing on the best ingredients of our region.  While great food and service are at the forefront, the restaurant is also a leader in all aspects of sustainability in their operations and involvement in the community. The Market Place Restaurant resides on Historic Wall Street adjacent to the Flat Iron Building and opens onto Pritchard Park, and the eatery has large 26-foot windows overlooking Patton Avenue. There are four dining spaces, including a 32-seat bar and lounge, 65-seat dining room, an upstairs 50-seat mezzanine and outdoor patio for 20 guests. For reservations or more information please visit http://www.marketplace-restaurant.com.

About William Dissen:

William Dissen is the executive chef and owner of The Market Place restaurant in Asheville, NC, Billy D’s Fried Chicken in Asheboro, NC, and Haymaker restaurant in Charlotte, NC. He is a graduate of West Virginia University and the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where he graduated with honors. In addition, he has a master’s degree in hospitality, restaurant and tourism management from the University of South Carolina. The chef is known for his firm commitment to sustainable practices and utilizing local ingredients, which were the reasons he was chosen as a member of the U.S. Department of State’s American Chef Corps and has spoken to Congress on sustainable food and food policy issues for national outreach events every year from 2013 to 2018. Chef Dissen also demonstrates his commitment to seafood sustainability as a restaurant partner and member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force for the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch. He has focused on sustainable food and food policy issues for national outreach for over 10 years of his career.

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Orin Swift Dinner at Vue 1913

News Release: Tuesday, February 12th, 2019
About: Orin Swift Dinner at Vue 1913
 
Join MetroWines for an Orin Swift Wine Dinner on Thursday, March 28th starting 6pm at Vue 1913, located on the top floor of the Omni Grove Park Inn.
 
The evening includes a six course epicurean event featuring the artistry of Orin Swift Cellars and Omni Chefs Richard Gras and Brandon Gibson together with commentary from Gallo Sommelier and Wine Educator Kathleen Apodaca.
 
The evening is $125 exclusive of tax and gratuity. Seating for this very special event is very limited.
Please call (828) 210-7813 for reservations.
 
The Orin Swift Menu:
  FIRST Oyster and Pearls meyer lemon, fennel pollen, honey crisp Mannequin, Chardonnay 2016 
  SECOND Halibut persillade, grapefruit, prosciutto, lovage Blank Stare, Sauvignon Blanc 2017 
  THIRD Arancini beef cheeks, blackberry, pecorino Palermo, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 
  FOURTH Dry aged squab foie gras, carrot, coffee, minus 8 vinegar Abstract, Red Blend 2016 
  FIFTH Elk tenderloin leek ash, fennel, blueberry, plum, vanilla, black cherry Papillion, Red Blend 2016 
  SIXTH Fourme d’ambert white chocolate, pain de gêne, honey, candied walnut Machete, Petit Sirah 2016
 

ABOUT ORIN SWIFT

The history of Orin Swift Cellars dates back to 1995 when on a lark, David Swift Phinney took a friend up on an offer and went to Florence, Italy to spend a semester “studying”. During that time, he was introduced to wine, how it was made, and got hooked. A few more years of university led to graduation and eventually a job at Robert Mondavi Winery in 1997 as a temporary harvest worker. Deciding that if he was going to work this hard, it would eventually have to be for himself, so in 1998 he founded Orin Swift Cellars; Orin is his father’s middle name and Swift is his mother’s maiden name. With two tons of zinfandel and not much else, he spent the next decade making wine for others, as well as himself, and grew the brand to what it is today.

KATHLEEN APOCADA

Ms. Apodaca is a Certified Sommelier and Certified Specialist of Wine for the E&J Gallo Winery, who has worked directly with the winery for over a decade. She is currently the winery’s Business Development Manager for the state of North Carolina. Ms. Apodaca has worked closely with Dave Phinney from Orin Swift on numerous events and has thoroughly enjoyed learning the personal stories of Orin Swift from him directly. Ms. Apodaca holds a degree in Hospitality Management, which in combination with her years of experience in the restaurant industry has culminated in a true passion for sharing the incredible experience of wine and food with others. 

MetroWines will be available to respond to questions and take your orders for these extraordinary wines at an event price.
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Think You Don't Like Merlot?

 

Tickets HERE!

 
News Release: Monday, February 11th, 2019
About: Merlot Class
 
Join Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines and Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution on Tuesday, March 19th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines for a complete class on Merlot from around the world.
 
"After the movie Sideways, so many turned against Merlot," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Maybe you don't like Merlot, but maybe you just have not tasted the one from the country or in the style you do like!"
 
Taste and learn about five different bottles of Merlot paired with cheese. Andy Hale will start the class with an overview of the history and characteristics of the grape and Juniper Cooper will present the five bottles with the particular details concerning the country of origin and the style of the wine.
 
$25 for the presentation, cheese and tasting. Seating is limited to 20. Sell out risk! Call now for a reservation at (828) 575-9525 or online: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/much-maligned-grapes-merlot-on-march-19th/
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Winemaker Michele D'Aprix Bordeaux Class

 

TICKETS: HERE!

News Release: Monday, February 11th

About: Winemaker Michele D'Aprix Bordeaux Class @MetroWines French Cafe
 
Winemaker Michele D'Aprix joins Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine, for a class on Bordeaux! on Tuesday, March 26th from 5:30 to 6:30 @Metrowines French Cafe.

Andy Hale will set the stage for the class with general information about the Bordeaux region and Michelle D'Aprix will present the facts about the region and the wine from a winemaker's point of view as well as share an insider's guide to the "real" Bordeaux.

Originally from upstate New York, Michele started as a bartender in Boston while studying chemistry. Her expertise in multi-tasking landed Michele a job at Dry Creek Winery in California. From there, Michele attended U.C. Davis earning a degree in Viticulture and Enology. 
 
Today, she is a protege of Stephane Derenocourt, one of the most important consultants in Bordeaux. Most importantly, we understand that Michele is the only American woman making wine in Bordeaux! Some have called Michele the "new face of Bordeaux."
 
$25 for the French Cafe evening incorporating the presentation, French cheese paired with wines from Michele D'Aprix including her highly regarded and very popular Pentimento 2014 Bordeaux. 
 
"Seating is limited and will be in sell out risk demand," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Michele has been a guest @MetroWines five times, is both well known and appreciated."
 
Reserve your seat now by calling (828) 575-9525 or shop the MetroWines store here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/
 

More About Michele d'Aprix in MountainX: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/mountainx-does-bordeaux

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Laurence Vuelta Interactive Tasting!

 

TICKETS HERE!

News Release: Saturday, February 9th, 2019

About: Laurence Vuelta Returns to MetroWines!
 
Laurence Vuelta of Avenui Brands returns to MetroWines on Thursday, March 14th from 5:30 to 6:30 for an "Interactive Tasting."
 
"This is the fifth event Laurence has hosted at MetroWines and our customers continue to request his return," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines, "If you haven't been to a wine tasting with Laurence Vuelta, you haven't been to a wine tasting!"
 
The cost including presentation, 5 wines to taste and snacks is $25 plus tax.
Wines selected for the evening will be offered at event pricing.
 
Until then, follow Laurence on twitter here: https://twitter.com/LaurenceVuelta?lang=en
 
Seating is limited to 20. High Sell Out Risk! 
Tickets by calling (828) 575-9525 
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
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Burgundy Dinner at Isa's Bistro Details

News Release: Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
About: Burgundy Wine Pairing Dinner at Isa's Bistro
 
Please join The MetroWines Asheville School of Wine and Tom Leiner of Grapevine Distribution at Isa's Bistro, "European Inspired Asheville Perfected," on Tuesday, February 19th at 6pm for a Burgundy Wine Pairing Dinner with Domaine Chanson. 
 
The 5 course small plates dinner will be prepared by the new Chef de Cuisine Peter Crockett from Charleston at Isa's Bistro. The evening is hosted by Christophe Courteaud from Vintus, named 2017 "Importer of the Year" by both Wine Enthusiast and Wine and Spirits Magazines, and Vincent Wallays from Domaine Chanson.
 

The Wines?
2016 Chanson Vire-Clesse  to Welcome You
and Perfectly Paired with Small Plates
2016 Chanson Chablis
2013 Chanson Beaune Bastion 1er Cru Blanc 
2015 Chanson Givry 
2016 Chanson Savigny-Dominode 1er Cru  

The evening is $85 plus tax and gratuity.

Call: (828) 575-9525

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Zach

 
Zach Eidson, has joined the team at Metro Wines as General Manager of the shop. Zach has been in the wine and spirits industry 17 years. Having worked in fine dining, wine wholesale and retail, his experience led him to purchase a wine store in Cincinnati, OH. Zach transformed the retail shop into a top 5 wine bar in the city. He recently sold the wine bar to spend more time with his wife and three kids, and move closer to family here in Asheville. Zach is passionate about creating a wonderful customer experience and is excited to bring his passion to Metro Wines. 
 
 
Background
 
Born in Washington DC and attended the U.S. Naval Academy, Zach has lived in 13 different places including Portland, OR Durham, NC, Johnson City, TN, and Paris, France. He says he is really happy to settle down in Asheville!
 
Zach's wife, Valerie, is a talented photographer who is originally from Fairview, NC and attended A.C. Reynolds High School. Valerie got her undergraduate degree from ETSU in Digital Media and Associates from Parsons School of Design in NY.  
 
Zach is passionate about french and Italian wine, love to cook, camp, hike and fly-fish.
 
We @MetroWines welcome Zach, his new ideas, his expertise and passion and hope to move forward with the benefit of his successes!
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Whiplash, Domaine Chanson, Focus Group, French Tasting, CHENIN, Grenache Blanc, Bubbles and Truffles, How to Hold a Grudge,

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     Brilliant ruby red in color, the 2015 Whiplash Zinfandel boasts aromas of dark cherries,
boysenberry, plum and blueberry. Layers of juicy red berries explode
on the palate. Mild hints of toasted oak lengthen the finish but don’t overwhelm the fruit. Soft tannins and a hint of sweetness lead to a rich, delightful finish on the palate.
Treat yourself to a glass of Zinfandel with a chocolate lava cake.

Internet Competitive at $14.99

 

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Domaine Chanson
Burgundy wine Pairing Dinner with Chef Peter Crockett
at Isa's Bistrot with MetroWines

Tuesday, February 19th
Call Isa's Bistrot at (828) 575-9636
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/
domaine-chanson-burgundy-dinner-at-isa-s-bistro

 

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No Reservation Required!
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/
thomas-meunier-hosts-french-wine-tasting

 

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Winemaker Says: Sun-lit Ectoplasm color. Beautifully balanced aromas
of Anjou pear, Meyer lemon, spiced apple and almond cookies followed
by a striking palate of cardamom and Key Lime pie.


"Unavailable" on most .coms!
(Some wineries are saying thanks but no thanks
to being plastered all over shipping sites with inferior wines!)

$23 and on the shelf @MetroWines!

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2016 Casino Mine Ranch Grenache Blanc, $24
From The Shenandoah Valley, Estate Grown in Amador County
*** Only 311 Cases Made ***

Our inaugural release, this wine is whole-cluster pressed,
fermented in neutral French oak with extended bâtonnage and aged
for fourteen months. With a pale lemon hue flecked with gold, aromas of Acacia,
wet gravel, and stone fruits; this wine is rich, yet focused with balanced acidity
and layers of yellow apples, citrus and anise on the palate.

 

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"Bubbles and Chocolate Truffles"
So Good. So Fun. So What You are Worth!
Thursday, February 7th from 5:30 to 6:30
@Metro Wines


New Sparkling Wines Paired with Local Chocolates
Presentation by Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution
Information and Tickets here:

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/bubbles-and-truffles

 

 

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This might Be a Good Time to Mention a Suggestion
from The MetroWines Book Department

"How to Hold a Grudge" by Sophie Hannah

The Wall Street Journal review of the book caught my angry eye.
Starts Like this:

    I’m guessing Sophie Hannah had a moment—one that came
after reading a few too many self-help books on mindfulness, compassion, connection to all living creatures and nonattachment to negative thoughts.
And in that moment she said to herself,
“Oh, for God’s sake.”
Entire Review Here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/
how-to-hold-a-grudge-review-bitter-is-better-11546559895

Call Malaprops for the Book
Your "Read it With Wine" is "RingBolt" @MetroWines

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Winemaker Says:
Dark crimson in color, Ringbolt opens with classical Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon fresh varietal notes of bright berry fruits, briar and sea spray, followed by wafts of chocolate and mocha, finishing with subtle spiced oak aromas. Medium to full-bodied palate shows cherry and satsuma plum characters leading to a fruit-sweet mid palate of chocolate and mocha, finishing with defined tannins.
Wine Spectator: 90 Points
Juicy blackberry and plum flavors are vibrant up front, with Earl Grey tea, cedar, rosemary and licorice notes that are stretched tight across a firm frame. The tannins provide some appealing traction on the finish. Drink now through 2028.
Wine Enthusiast: 90 Points
Rich but with a little more restraint than the previous vintage, this wine offers up comforting aromas of chocolate tart, red and black currants and dried eucalyptus leaves, backed by a warm stone and earthy spine. It's full bodied with grainy tannins and a stony graphite finish.
 
Sold Out at Gary's and Wine.com.
But when in stock, RingBolt was $19.99!
*** $16.99 @MetroWines *** 
Buy 6 and get 10% off or 15% on a case.

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Emmanuel Kemiji Wine Dinner at Vivian

Tickets: HERE!

News Release: Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

About: Emmanuel Kemiji, MS, Wine Pairing Dinner at Vivian
 
Join the MetroWines Asheville School of Wine at Vivian, 348 Depot Street in the River Arts District, on May 20th from 6 to 9pm for a wine pairing dinner with Emmanuel Kemiji, Master Sommelier.
 
Emmanuel Kemiji, Master Sommelier, Winemaker and Winery Owner, will lead us through a tasting of 6 wines from his Miura Vineyards in California (http://miuravineyards.com/) and Clos Pissarra (http://miuravineyards.com/clos-pisarra/) in Spain perfectly paired with dishes from Chef Josiah McGaughey. 
 
Vivian was voted best new Restaurant of the year!
 
Seating is limited to insure the opportunity to meet and talk with Emmanuel. The evening is $87 plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call Vivian at (828) 225-3497. Plenty of parking available.
 
About Vivian:
Josiah and Shannon McGaughey, owners of Vivian in The River Arts District, live and serve by the philosophy: "Honest American food with big flavors utilizing the bountiful products of the region and the rich history of European cuisine."

Vivian is named after Josiah’s grandmother who was a driving force in his culinary upbringing as she hosted grand dinner parties in a Julia Child-like fashion as he was growing up in Georgia.  

The food will be clean, with limited elements to a plate, but with each one promising big, robust flavors.  As he focuses on combining the perfect mix of flavors across appetizers, small plates, entrees, and desserts, he will continue to explore the melding of European flavors and techniques into the realm of his Southern heritage. 

Guests will also see a lot of pre-prohibition classics on our cocktail list with additional craft cocktails that explore similar themes as the culinary concept.  And of course, we’ll continue to promote all the talented breweries of Asheville with local taps available.

More about Vivian here: https://vivianavl.com/

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About Emmanuel Kemiji, MS   

Born in the United States and raised in Spain and England of Greek Cypriot and Spanish parents, Kemiji is a graduate of the University of California at Davis. In addition to his Economics and Spanish Literature degrees, he studied Viticulture and Oenology, expanding his interest in wine.

Kemiji acted as Ritz-Carlton Director of Wine & Spirits from 1988 to 1999, first at Laguna Niguel and then at the renowned Dining Room in San Francisco. In 1989 Kemiji became the twelfth American to pass the Master Sommelier exam in London, England and one of the very few to pass on his first attempt. In the same year, he received the “Sommelier of the Year” award by the California Restaurant Writers Association. Kemiji was also chosen “Wine Director of the Year” in the Critics Choice Awards, and was honored in the August 1999 issue of San Francisco Magazine.

Seeking further challenges led Kemiji to form Miura Vineyrds in 1995. Soon to follow were several projects in Spain – Arrels in 2003 and Clos Pissarra in 2005. He thus became the first sommelier to establish a commercial winery in the United States. The San Francisco Chronicle named Kemiji as one of the “10 Winemakers to Watch for 2000.”

In 2006, Kemiji received the Wine Industry Achievement Award from the Anti-Defamation League for exemplary commitment to community and charity. In the past he has also been a wine judge at the Los Angeles County Fair and the San Francisco International Wine Competition.

Follow Emmanuel Kemiji on Facebook: Emmanuel Kemiji, Master Sommelier

https://www.facebook.com/emmanuelkemiji/

 
Contact for Vivian: Shannon McGaughey (828) 225-3497.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Explore Chardonnay

Grapevine: Chardonnay

Published in Laurel of Asheville

By Gina Trippi

“I don’t like Chardonnay.” How many times have you heard someone say that? Maybe they don’t but maybe they just have not found their style. Chardonnay varies in style and quality within states, from state to state, within countries and from country to country around the world. Let’s explore

We start with the gold standard, French chardonnay, also known as White Burgundy. What distinguishes French chardonnay is the soil and climate. Composed of ancient limestone and clay, the soil provides structure and lively acidity while the climate forces the vines to struggle which yields complexity.

California now has over 100,000 acres of chardonnay vines and hundreds of different styles. The most prominent differences between French and California chardonnay wines are the soil, the use of oak and malolactic acid. California soil consists mainly of sandstone, volcanic lava, and fine grain quartz making the wines just a little less sharp than the French.   

Some California chardonnays have been described as “buttery.” White wine naturally goes through a process called malolactic fermentation, kickstarted by a benign bacteria, during barrel aging. During this process, a buttery flavored compound called diacetyl, regularly added to margarine, is produced making the wine softer and rounder.

If a winemaker wants to preserve a tart acidity, producing a wine more French in style, the malolactic process can be skipped or shortened. Likewise, if the desired result is a softer texture, the process can also be lengthened making the wine more “buttery.”

Oak aging also contributes to the buttery taste as well as adding flavors including vanilla, baked tart, and coconut.

Three countries staking out territory in the world of chardonnay are Argentina, South Africa and Australia.

Known for Malbec, Argentina also produces stunning chardonnay. The same reason that malbec thrives in Argentina is the same reason chardonnay works: the Andes Mountain Range. The altitude provides the perfect combination of intense sunlight to ripen the grapes and cool temperatures to preserve acidity and freshness. Chardonnay from Mendoza will show tropical fruit flavors and, reflecting that cooler temperature, citrus.

While the most popular white grape in South Africa is chenin blanc, chardonnay is now competing on the world stage. Styles range from un-oaked, steely and clean to oaked with a rich and buttery consistency. All styles present the characteristic citrus and tropical fruit flavors.

Generally speaking, South African chardonnays are simpler than the French version and more tropical than most California chardonnays. DMZ chardonnay offers aromas of vanilla, almond and tropical fruit and grapefruit and apple, butterscotch, caramel and toast on the palate with a French acidity and a minerally edge!

Once described as big, fat, brassy and oaky, advances in technology and the advantage of cooler climate regions has put Australian chardonnay, particularly those from Yarra Valley, on the wine map. 

In Italy, some of the most respected wineries, including Antinori, making wine since the 14th century, are offering chardonnay from Piedmont to Puglia. And cool climate chardonnay from the Navarra region in Spain has been said to rival the best white burgundies!

Explore the world of chardonnay!

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VAD Cerasuolo, French Tasting, Chardonnay Class, Bubbles and Truffles, Coonawarra, Slow Food Movement, Wine Focus Group, Las Ninas, Dinners!

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*** Featured Wine ***
60% Nero d'Avola and 40% Frappato $16.99

Tasting Notes: Intense and brilliant cherry red color. The nose is delicate,
with aromas of small red fruits, cherries, spicy notes, nuances of vanilla, licorice and cocoa.
T
he palate is enveloping, soft, with velvety tannins and good freshness.

Winery Notes: The Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG of Valle dell'Acate is produced
with grapes from the vineyards located on the plateau called Bidini Soprano. 

Soils are composed of light or dark red sands of medium dough, with good depth. 
The vineyards that are located on a dark red land produce Nero d'Avola,
while the vineyards that are located on light red soil produce the Frappato. 

After fermentation in steel tanks, the wine ages in large barrels 
for about 12 months. 
Then complete the refinement with at least 9 months
in the bottle, before being put on the market.

 

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Friday, February 8th, 5-6:30
French Wine Tasting
with Thomas Meunier, AuthentiqueVin
"on the house" @MetroWines

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/
thomas-meunier-hosts-french-wine-tasting

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Chardonnay: Compare and Contrast
Part of "The Much Maligned Grape Series"
Word is that Chardonnay is More than Just a little Bit Ticked Off.
Chardonnay wants to Prove to You That it is a Glorious Grape!


Chardonnay
*** Takes the Challenge *** 
on Tuesday, February 5th! 
5:30-6:30 @ and ONLY @Metrowines!

Join Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines,
and Chris Curtis of The Country Vintner
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/chardonnay-
around-the-world-compare-and-contrast

 

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"Bubbles and Truffles"
Thursday, February 7th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/bubbles-and-truffles

New Sparkling Wines Paired with Chocolates
Hosted by Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution
and Andy Hale of The Asheville School of Wine @Metrowines

$25. Seating Limited to 20. You Must Reserve a Seat
Call (828) 575-9525
online: https://metrowinesasheville.com/
wine-blogs/blog/entry/bubbles-and-truffles


*** First Featured in Carolina Epicurean! ***
https://carolinaepicurean.com/2019/01/
metro-wines-bubbles-and-truffles-tasting/

Details TBA
Call to Be on the List: (828) 575-9525
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"Ciao Asheville"
presents

"The Slow Food Movement"
Wednesday, February 20th 5:30-6:30

https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/ciao-
asheville-presents-slow-food-movement-february-20/

Stay in Touch
ciao@MetroWinesAsheville.com

https://www.facebook.com/CiaoAsheville/


Asheville Wine Focus Group
Hosted by Charlie Stanley of Rise Over Run
Wednesday, February
13th from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines


You Must Register for a Seat. About 6 left!
Call (828) 575-9525

https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/february-13-wine-focus-group/

Penley Estate 2016 Coonawarra
Cabernet Sauvignon $22


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93 points Wine Spectator

Dense, with sink-your-teeth-into-them tannins and concentration to the plum,
cassis and blackberry flavors. Sage and rosemary accents linger in the background.
Strikes the right note between power and elegance, with grace notes of eucalyptus,
black tea and tobacco lingering on the velvety finish.

 

 


2015 Las Ninas Camenere Reserva, $13.99
** High Quality to Price Ratio **

The vineyard is located in Apalta in Colchagua Valley. The geographical location,
presents a Mediterranean climate characterized by temperate weather with a coastal influence. 
Lightly textured top soils and a well drained deep clay base provide optimal conditions. 

The color is a deep, very characteristic red shades changing into purple.
The nose is intense aromas that remind of berries like strawberry, humid soil and spices.
You can also feel some green notes such as pepper.
It has very pleasant tannins, soft and round. Good body. Long finish.

*** SAVE the Dinner DATE ***

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"Domaine Chanson Burgundy Dinner"
Tuesday, February 19th, 6pm Details TBA
at Isa's Bistrot with MetroWines
Call: (828) 575-9636


"Wild Game and Women Winemakers"
at Market Place with MetroWines
Wednesday, March 13th 6pm, Details TBA
Call: (828) 252-4162


"Interactive Tasting with Laurence Vuelta"
@MetroWines
Thursday, March 14th, Details TBA
Call: (828) 575-9525


"Emmanuel Kemiji MS with MetroWines"
at VIVIAN with MetroWines
March 20, Details TBA
Call: (828) 225-3497


"The Prisoner Dinner"
at TheView, Grove Park Inn with MetroWines
Thursday, March 28
Details TBA


"Big Night Dinner at Ambrozia"
Sponsored by "Ciao Asheville"
Wednesday, April 17th
Chef and Owner Sam Etheridge COOKS The Big Night!
Details TBA
Call to Be on the List: (828) 575-9525

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Bubbles and Truffles

 

Tickets HERE!

News Release: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

About: Sparkling Wine and Chocolates @MetroWines
 
Join us for "Bubbles and Truffles" on Thursday, February 7th from 5:30 to 6:30 @Metro Wines. Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution will present 5 bottles of Sparkling Wine, some of which are new to MetroWines, paired with Chocolate Truffles and stories about the wineries!
"We are very excited to present new sparkling wines to our customers," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And just in time for Valentine's Day!"
Cost is $25 (plus tax) and seating is limited to 20. You must reserve a seat.
Please call (828) 575-9525 or online here:
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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Fontanes, Closerie du Pic, Surveillance and Skyfall, Maligned Grapes, French Wine Tasting, Burgundy Dinner, Provenance SB, Portelli Cerasuolo, Molamatta

*** Featured Wine ***

Chateau Fontanes, Pic St. Loup, $16.99
Kermit Lynch Import

100% Organic and Biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon
Soil is Clay, Limestone and Marl. Aged in Stainless Steel.
John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine says:
"French but just a touch more weight."


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Kermit Lynch says: 

  "Though the winery is within the boundaries of the appellation Pic St-Loup, the lion’s share of his production is Cabernet Sauvignon, a grape varietal that is outside of the constraints set for the A.O.C. in the Languedoc. This means that in lieu of getting an A.O.C. cru status, he must take a Vin de Pays d’Oc designation. The trade-off for Winemaker Cyriaque is that he gets to make his wines his way, and we, in turn, get an incredible price—a mutually beneficial trade-off. Being rebellious seems to come naturally to a man of such innate talent, and the elegance of his wines are proof enough in a region where bigger is often considered better. Make no mistake, raw terroirand spicy garrigue abound in wines, with rich, juicy fruit and silky tannins."

Robert Parker Wine Advocate says 91 Points:
  "The traditional 2015 Pic St Loup from Domaine Fontanes is a beauty! Coming from high density plantings (all massal selection) and aged in foudre, it offers lots of peppery herbs, black fruits and garrigue in a supple, textured, pure style. This is a bistro styled drinker, yet with oomph, as well as the classic elegance of the Pic Saint Loup appellation. Count me as a fan!"
 
Another Pic Saint Loup
La Closerie Du Pic, $29

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 96 Points
Eric Solomon Import    
 
     "Just bottled three weeks ago, the 2015 Pic Saint Loup La Closerie Du Pic is certainly one of the gems in this terrific vintage. Its vibrant purple color is followed by sensational notes of black raspberries, toasted spice, cassis and even a hint of bacon fat. With medium to full-bodied richness, a seamless texture, integrated acidity and a blockbuster finish, drink this straight up fabulous Pic Saint Loup anytime over the coming 7-8 years. Hats off to team at Puech-Haut, & consultant Philippe Cambie, for this sensational wine!"
 
From The MetroWines Book Review Department

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"The New Big Brother"
https://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/titles/shoshana-
zuboff/the-age-of-surveillance-capitalism/9781610395694/

Surveillance capitalism is, according to Shoshanna Zuboff,
what happens when companies scoop up the data you willingly posted
and use it for their own commercial ends.

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"Your Read it With Wine"
2016 Skyfall Merlot, 13.99


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Wonderfully developed plum, vanilla and leather aromas swirl in the glass.
Juicy flavors of cherry candy coupled with hints of cocoa powder weave
through the palate. Balanced acidity and polished tannins on the finish.
 

Much Maligned Grapes

Seek Justice

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Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
Makes The Case for Chardonnay and Merlot,
(no pressure but: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
blog/entry/merlot-is-a-lonely-grape)
Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.
Maybe You Don't Like These Grapes. BUT, Maybe You Do!


Make Plans for the Entire Series
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/
much-maligned-grapes-class-series


** Chardonnay Takes the Challenge on February 5th! **
https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/chardonnay-
around-the-world-compare-and-contrast

 

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*** Tres French ***

Friday, February 8th, 5-6:30
French Wine Tasting
with Thomas Meunier, AuthentiqueVin
"on the house" @MetroWines

https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/blog/entry/
thomas-meunier-hosts-french-wine-tasting

 

*** More French ***
Domaine Chanson Burgundy Dinner at Isa's Bistro
https://www.domaine-chanson.com/en

Tuesday, February 19th 6pm

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And Introducing the NEW Isa's Bistro Chef de Cuisine
Peter Crockett from Charleston

Dinner Hosted by Christophe Courteaud from Vintus, the Importer
and Vincent Wallays from Chanson

The Wines?
2016 Chanson Vire-Clesse  to Welcome You
and Perfectly Paired with Small Plates
2016 Chanson Chablis
2013 Chanson Beaune Bastion 1er Cru Blanc 
2015 Chanson Givry 
2016 Chanson Savigny-Dominode 1er Cru 

Cost and Menu TBA. But Call NOW for a Seat.
Call: (828) 575-9525

 
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     Winery Says: Our Sauvignon Blanc is made exclusively from our Rutherford estate fruit. By pressing the clusters whole and fermenting the wine primarily in stainless steel, we captured the aromas of lemon lime, guava and pineapple. Bright acidity and notes of spice add balance to this wine. We selected a Stelvin closure for our Estate Sauvignon Blanc to enhance the freshness and ensure the quality of this wonderful ready-to-drink wine.

      Tasting Notes:  Our 2016 Rutherford Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc reflects both the excellent concentration of the smaller-crop vintage and the personality of our exceptional vineyard around our winery in Rutherford. As typical of this estate-grown Sauvignon Blanc, the wine shows the most tropical fruit expression of the three Sauvignon Blanc wines that we produce at Provenance. The aromas and flavors are filled with juicy pineapple and white peach notes, intertwined with citrus blossom and wet-stone minerality. Partial barrel fermentation and aging in new oak added hints of toasted almond, nutmeg and vanilla. Yeast contact enhanced the silky texture and weight on the palate. Showcasing the quality of our estate vineyard, this wine has rich fruit intensity, impeccable balance and a crisp, yet creamy, lemon curd finish.
 
$19.99 at Total Wine
??? Their Big Deal on 6 is $17.99 ???


MetroWines EveryDay Price is $16.99
Shop LocalLY and Save!
 
 
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2015 Cerasuolo Di Vittoria, Sicily
Kermit Lynch Import, $24
Biodynamic and Organic Blend
of Nero d'Avola and Frappato

The nose is berry, cherry, plum, earth, pine, strawberry, raspberry and floral.
The palate presents plum, berry, white pepper, pine, strawberry, raspberry and floral.

Kermit Lynch Says: "In the southeastern corner of Sicily, west of Modica and Ragusa,
the town of Vittoria is the home of Sicily's sole DOCG
(Italy's strictest form of wine certification), known as Cersuolo di Vittoria.

Cerasuolo is an enlightened blend of Frappato and Nero d'Avola, and the two grapes when blended melt into each other in a harmonious symphony of flavor and texture. I fell in love with the wine and its medium-bodied, sensual, seductive personality.

Then I discovered the Portelli family, Salvatore and his son Alessandro, and have been duly impressed with their mastery of these fine examples of southern Sicilian charm. Wines are fresh, joyful to drink, while being faithful representatives of their native land."

 

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2013 Marco Felluga Molamatta, Collio Bianco DOC, Italy
40% Pinot Blanc, 40% Tocai Friulano, 20% Ribolla Gialla,  

92 Points, Robert Parker's, $21 
    "Here's a wine that has shown a very impressive improvement curve over these past few years. The 2013 Molamatta is a stainless steel aged blend of 40% Pinot Bianco, 40% Friulano and 20% Ribolla Gialla. The wine presents delicious flavors of stone fruit, honey, preserved lemon and fresh apricot. Molamatta's creamy texture wraps smoothly over the palate."
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Domaine Chanson Burgundy Dinner at Isa's Bistro

Domaine Chanson Burgundy Dinner at Isa's Bistro
https://www.domaine-chanson.com/en

Tuesday, February 19th 6pm

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And Introducing the NEW Isa's Bistro Chef de Cuisine
Peter Crockett from Charleston

Dinner Hosted by Christophe Courteaud from Vintus, the Importer
and Vincent Wallays from Chanson

The Wines?
2016 Chanson Vire-Clesse  to Welcome You
and Perfectly Paired with Small Plates
2016 Chanson Chablis
2013 Chanson Beaune Bastion 1er Cru Blanc 
2015 Chanson Givry 
2016 Chanson Savigny-Dominode 1er Cru 

Cost and Menu TBA. But Call NOW for a Seat.
Call: (828) 575-9525

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Northern Italian Wine Class II

News Release: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
About: Northern Italian Wines Class

By popular demand, a second class on Northern Italian Wines including
Tuscany, presented by Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of
Wine, has been set for Tuesday March 12th from 5:30 to 6:30
@MetroWines.

The class and tasting is $25 plus tax. You must reserve a seat.
Cancelation is class credit only.

Make your reservation by calling (828) 575-9525 or online here:
https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/northern-italian-wines/

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
google: https://goo.gl/knC8LP
http://www.metrowinesasheville.com/
http://ashevilleschoolofwine.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CiaoAsheville/

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February Wine Focus Group

Register HERE!

News Release:  Thursday, January 10th, 2019

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group for February
 
Join us on Wednesday, February 13th for The Asheville Wine Focus Group from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines hosted by Charlie Stanley of Rise Over Run. 
 
"Last February, Charlie Stanley was one of the first to address the Wine Focus Group," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "We are excited to have Charlie host the event a year later. He will find a much larger group with the benefit of a year of information and tasting experience!"
 
The event is open to the public and "on the house" but you must reserve a seat. Please call (828) 575-9525 or online here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/
 
Rise Over Run describes their philosophy like this: 
Rise Over Run is an anthology of singular wines from steep and often challenging sites, and the dedicated families who farm them. Even down to our name, the inception of Rise Over Run emanated from our mutual passion and respect for challenging viticultural microclimates, often individuated by vertical, rocky slopes where little else can thrive. Many are viticultural marvels, and the finished wines are expressions that could not be recreated elsewhere. Our book is a compilation of these wines that have stories to tell, and we are excited to be the ones doing so.

Gina Trippi: Contact for MetroWines
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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